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protective blankets. >> because of the lightweight nature, it could be use as a mask in a school as an emergency for protection. >> guns and ammo owner said protective gear won't stop a killer. only another gun will. >> if you knew every teacher had a gun, i think you would think differently. >> they allowed teachers to carry concealed weapons and the law has been tested, but after newtown, anything seems possible. cnn, samt lake city. >> we continue right now with brooke baldwin. >> thank you. i'm brooke baldwin. a lot to get to including the standoff over your taxes. here's what we are hearing now. there could be a vote on john boehner's fiscal cliff plan as early as this evening. this of course is president obama's threatening to veto that. we will have more for you from
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capitol hill and also the man expected to be the next secretary of state is the one questioning the department he could soon take over. that is happening today all in a moment. first, we begin with the blizzard blowing out of the heardland. they are putting a freeze on the rush to get home for the holidays. take a look. this is a very, very big storm. a volatile storm and now a deadly storm. you have rain out front and heavy blowy snow extending right now from missouri to michigan and i want you to look at the pictures with me. this is why you need to think twice about driving in this. should you be in the path of the storm, look at the car. bumper and bumper-to-bumper. this is kansas city not going anywhere right now. we have at least reports of at least one death. this is a chain collision crash near fort dodge e iowa. 30 vehicles and ten to 12 inches
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of blowing snow and near zero visibility. let me say it once more if you are in this neck of the woods, think twice about driving. look at that. we are not just talking snow either. heavy winds helped fuel a fire that torched this apartment complex and what may have been a tornado. flipping cars and damaging buildings in mobile, alabama. standing by with me and in chicago, you are at o'hare international airport. let me guess flight cancellations have begun. i'm not hearing ted. ted, we are going to work on your audio so stand by. let me go to you before we talk travel. tell us where exactly this massive blizzard is and how bad
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it is. >> the center or the core of this storm is situated over the lower great lakes. there is a front that dips all the way to the south. the leading edge is the world sector on the back side of this where we are drawing the coldest air. let's move in and show you what's happening around chicago. this is where we are picking up rainfall. right now this is going to change very shortly. you are on the cusp of seeing snowfall and high winds. maybe up to 60 miles an hour and a couple of inches of snow. watch out, the airports are already affected in the chicago area. >> let me stop you, karen. i think we have ted as we are talking about chicago and travel. can we hear you now? >> yeah. hopefully you can hear me and as you said, the delays have started here at o'hare and midway. southwest announced they are cancelling all flights from 5:00 central time this evening. these folks are in line to board
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flights will likely get out of here with no problem. it got a little bit of a window. while it is slowing across most of the midwest and causing major delays and the planes are trapped in other airports. here in chicago, it is just rain. it has been raining all day. as karen mentioned, in the next hour or two, it will turn into a nightmare. they were headed to new york and switched their flights and scurrying to the gates to make an earlier flight. united is waiving all the transfer fees if you want to make a change. you are running out of time because this will turn to snow very soon. >> ted, we will check back in with you to see if anything changes. let me bounce back over to you
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in that weather center. you were talking travel. where do we leave off? >> it is rain now going to change to snow and blowing snow and the airports impacted there and the roads as well. they saw already just about ten inches of snow. it's i reporter said it was very treacherous there. they haven't seen significant snowfall since 2009. that doesn't mean no snow, a significant snow. let's go to lambeau field in green bay. that was lightning associated with that snow. >> is that the thunder snow? >> that was the thunder snow. >> what is that? >> the atmosphere is volatile and you get a lot of lift. lambeau field just went down. they are looking at between 10 and 15 inches of snowfall to green bay. i am going to send it back to you.
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meteorologists get excited because it didn't happen too often. >> it's exciting for you. we will talk later and i know this whole mass storm is moving eastward. i want to ask you about that. we will stay tuned as the weather is a huge priority. take a look at the video we have from nebraska. this is sparks flying after the winder storm knocking out power in waterloo. tens of thousands in the state are without electricity. a photographer said he shot the video after pulling over to check out why this sky was lighting up. not the sky, it's the power lines. and today, two hearings. one happening right now focusing on what happened back on september 11 of this year when the four americans were killed in benghazi, libya. a report just out yesterday said the state department as a whole
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broke down because of systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies. senator john kerry and chairman of the relations committee pointed his finger at congress. >> congress has the power. we use it for any number of things. it's our responsibility and for years we asked our state department to operate with increasingly lesser resources to conduct essential missions. >> no doubt senator kerry's words and the weight here since he is the front runner to take over the post since secretary of state took over for hillary clinton when she leaves. she was supposed to testify today, but the injury is forcing her to postpone her testimony until next month. her department is trying to move past the report as four of the staffers have been disciplined. among them is assistant
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secretary boswell who resigned. the others are on administrative leave. a source said among those relieved is this woman. this is the deputy secretary of diplomatic security. remember this? she was grilled by the panel when she was trying to explain why she turned down the request for more security at the consulate in benghazi. >> did you or did you not say -- >> yes, sir. i said personally i would not support it. >> okay. why is that? >> because -- >> you knew about the other attacks that koops and it was 12 or 14. >> we had been training local libyans and arming them. >> forgive me, she was speak being tripoli there. let me bring in elise for us. during that hearing, state department officials are emphasizing secretary clinton
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accepted and implementing those. they had 29 recommendations. run through the key recommendations. >> the key things range from more season and experienced staff as charlene lamb said they were trying to train up local libyans to train in benghazi, but it proved not work and a lot of temporary personnel. you need better staff and to enhance the facilities and start thinking about fire as a weapon. it was smoke inhalation that killed chris stevens and shawn smith when the terrorist who is went after the compound set it on fire. those types of things, more regular review of the threat information, one of the things the panel found is that the state department missed the warning signs. they were looking for a specific and credible threat instead of the five attacks that happened leading up to the september 11 attacks on benghazi. >> what about getting back to who is truly responsible in the
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deaths of ambassador chris stevens. the people who attacked the consulate, there were reports of arrests, but where are those people now? they were detained and perhaps not even arrested. where are they? >> they are still believed to be running around libya. we have seen interviews with that and various capers and people tracked them down. they say they are not really feeling the heat. there is a tunesian man being held in custody in tunisia that the u.s. is trying to talk to. the fbi was allowed to speak to him. he doesn't have anything to say to u.s. officials. >> didn't have anything to say. we sure keep pressing at the police department. thank you for that. it is an honor given to very few americans. long time senator daniel inouye of hawaii lying in state in the capitol rotunda. he died on monday at the age of 88.
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inouye represented hawaii in washington since it became a state back in 1959, so his half century tenure makes him the second longest serving senator in history. harry reid paying respects. >> although senator inouye was a progressive democrat, he put his country first and party second. dan was a vibrant and vital presence in the senate and in death will remain a legend. his last words on earth, aloha. it is with a heavy heart that i and we bit alloy ha, goodbye, i love you, to a friend and legend of the senate, daniel kent inouye. >> as a japanese-american soldier he lost his right arm and received the medal of honor.
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only 31 people have lane in the capitol rotunda. the last was gerald ford about six years ago. >> as the bin laden movie hits theaters -- >> he is in the inner circle -- >> some are livid over a scene about torture. plus, a case so shocking it pushed president obama to make a phone call. inside an army daycare, worker who is had no business watching children. >> and, should the government buy back guns to boost the economy? you will hear the case. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels speeds relief to your worst cold symptoms plus has a decongestant for your stuffy nose. thanks. that's the cold truth!
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no. if he can't, no one can. that's why ally has a raise your rate cd. ally bank. your money needs an ally. here's where we are on the fiscal cliff. higher taxes on everyone plus blunt force spending cuts that plunge us into recession. 12 days to cut a deal in washington and no substantive
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talks since monday. house speaker john boehner will seek an option, what he is calling plan b to avert the increase for the richest of the rich. democrats are saying what for? plan b can't pass and won't be signed by the president and just within this past hour, the chief wiz john boehner about exactly that. watch. >> we know the reality here. you know the reality if you get the votes that it taszs the house, it won't go anywhere. do you see this as a necessary step to get back to talks with the president? >> i am not at all when the bill passes, people die in the senate. the senior correspondent, what were you getting at with your question. what does it tell us about where we are today? >> some of the thinking yesterday was that maybe after
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the house takes this vote, it may be the senate that would -- assuming they pass it, they would take it up and amend it and change it a lot with regard to the tax rates and other things and send it back to the house to do a ping pong that we see in other situations. the senate said we are not touching what the house will vote on. it's a political exercise. then the question is then what? if we know this is going nowhere, this vote they will take later tonight on plan b, this bill to keep tax cuts in place and people making up to a million dollars, what's the next move? the speaker did later in the press conference suggest he was going try to talk to the president. that's good news. the question i'm sure a lot of people are asking, why go through these that we know are not going to go anywhere? there a couple of reasons.
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the republicans know and most polls show that they want to pass something that shows we tried. two, it's an internal exercise. they also need to show their republican what is the reality is. the reality is that they can take a vote, but it's not going to go anywhere. we know the vote is happening tonight and they have to have the house. democrats are saying come on, boehner. you were close to a deal with the president and what happened? let's play sound. this is chuck schumer of new york. >> i can't attempt to divine the politics of his caucus, but i can say that if the speaker did this, his reelection would not be in jeopardy. if that's what he is worried about. >> let's talk about that. is there a serious suggestion
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that speaker baner is afraid to cut a deal with the president because he would face a revolt from the republicans and maybe lose his speakership. >> i think he is trying to stir the pot. he does have a point. talking to lots of house republicans that there is still substantial support for the speaker. the republicans don't hold the cards. they get that and feel comfortable. even those who defy him will do the best he can under circumstance that is not easy. >> to quote you the other day, thank you. we will see what happens. meantime, senators are livid about this new bin laden movie about this one scene they say is a complete and total lie.
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zero dark 30. this is one of the most anticipated movies and also the most controversial. a realistic portrayal of the hunt for the world's most wanted man, osama bin laden. >> you really believe this story? osama bin laden? >> yeah. >> what part? her confidence? >> now to the controversy part. you see this trio of senators? dianne feinstein, carl levin and john mccain are deeply disappointed with one specific part of the movie. the torture scene. they said it's grossly inaccurate and they blasted the
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ceo of sony pictures and wrote zero dark thirty is factually inaccurate and we believe you have an obligation to say it's not based on the facts, but rather the film's fictional narrative. let's talk about this flick. joining me live in l.a., spell it out for me. what is fact and what is fiction? >> that's a very good question, brooke. i'm not sure what they expected the filmmakers to do. i'm talking about the senators. the movie is out and i don't know if a disclaimer would be that effective anyway. we have the three lawmakers and particularly senator mccain with experience as a pow and made him a critic of any kind of torture. they are upset with the filmmakers and they say in a letter as far as they are
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concerned, zero dark thirty is perpetuating the myth that torture is effective. they call it coercive and didn't result in any information that led to osama's capture. they said in a statement to us that the intelligence information was brought in a 2 1/2 hour film. we had practices and intelligence methods that were used to find bin laden. they were necessarily responsible for solving the manhunt and can a single scene fairly capture the totality of efforts the film dramatizes. he made the point and they all made the point that they were concerned. this was part of the story. they never held it out as a documentary. because here's the scenes.
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i was just sending out the question on twitter. i think they are expecting to see journalism versus fiction and you have an award winning director who comes forward and saying a lot of this is from eyewitness accounts and they are putting it out there like fact, but you don't think a disclaimer would be good enough? >> i don't think so. yes, you can have a film that is based on actual events. that's what you have here. in every movie, whenever it's made, it's always a vision of someone. always someone else's version of what they believe. that's what they say they have here. this is catherine bigelow's vision and version of what she and the screen writer believe what happened in the hunt for osama bin laden. >> like the sony statement said, turn your intelligence operation into 2 1/2 hours. it's up to the viewer to suppose what is true and what is not. thank you so much. >> absolutely. >> just ahead, the painful task
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of running the only funeral home in newtown. >> yes, it is the week from hell, but we will get through it. >> the only undertaker in this entire new england town opens up with poppy harlow on this very, very difficult job of preparing so many funerals for children. so, this board gives me rates for progressive direct and other car insurance companies? yes. but you're progressive, and they're them. yes. but they're here. yes. are you...? there? yes. no. are you them? i'm me.
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we want to show the president on his way to walter reid medical center to meet with the wounded warriors there. the families and the visit is a surprise, but it's worth noting they visit with the veterans around the holidays. the bottom of the hour, just one week ago, 20 first graders
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were gearing up for a normal day in the classroom. books, crayons, cafeteria. today several of their hearse making their way through newtown. allison wyatt wanted to be an artist. benjamin wheeler who was apparently a pint-size fan of the beatles and catherine hubbard who loved animals. the funerals continue through this saturday. also right now, the attorney general eric holder visiting the town and meeting the first responders and police. we told you about the stories and the men and the women who how they are coping, but for the first time, we are hearing from the only undertaker about the hell he has been going through this week. poppy harlow has the story. >> the first call was at 7:00 saturday morning. >> once the magnitude came, i said we have to get things planned out to do what we have
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to do. >> the pain in his eyes concealed by his glasses and exhaustion of parents. >> one girl, she loved orca whales. >> 11 of the children murdered at sandy hook are being remembered here. long lines outside now a painful sight, all too common in this town. >> tragedy landed here and it's our job to take care of what had to be done. that's what we would do. >> the calls with the families, difficult beyond words. >> many of the children had favorite hobbies. one girl loved horses and animals and one wanted to be a vet. boy was the giants fan. >> started by his grandfather more than 100 years ago, this faun rule home is where he grew
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up, but he has never seen anything as tragic as this. >> i have read that you called this the week from hell. >> yes, it is the week from hell, but we will get through it. >> the innocence was taken away from them. that makes it very, very difficult for us to deal with. >> pasqualy runs the funeral association and gathered 100 volunteers to help with the funerals. >> mentally how do you prepare to talk with the families? >> knowing that you have a roll to play to assist them in helping them say goodbye to their little girl. it's very, very difficult. in the evening when you go home, you deal with it. you talk to your family and collect your thoughts and try to just cry. cry. that's what we do. >> the coping will come in the weeks ahead. for now, he tries to tune it out.
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>> i go home at night and i turn the tv on, i watch a christmas movie. it's an escape. i find great comfort in my wife. my wife is my rock. >> a rock, something everyone in this town needs right now. poppy harlow, cnn, newtown, connecticut. >> christmas movies to escape. the wave of funerals for the first graders in tiny caskets has sparked calls for change. a father and public coach made this emotional plea for everyone's help to protect his two little girls from tragedies like the we saw in newtown. he is the public coach pat kelsey and said the country needs to step up right now. >> i will walk into my house up stairs and into two pink rooms. with a 5-year-old and a 4-year-old laying in that pink room with a bunch of teddy bears in that room and give them the
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biggest hug and kiss i have ever given them. there is 20 families in newtown, connecticut that walk into a pink room with teddy bears with nobody laying in those beds. it's tragic. this country has got issues. is it a gun issue or mental health issue or a society that lost the understanding that decent human values are president. i didn't vote for president obama, but you know what, he's my period and he's my leader and need him to step up. mr. boehner, he's a cincinnati guy. he needs to step up. parents and teachers and rabbis and priests and coaches and everybody needs to step up. this has to be a time for change. i know this microphone is powerful because we are playing the fourth best team in the country, but i won't have a microphone the rest of the year and maybe the rest of my life. i'm going to be an agent of change with the 13 young men i
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get to coach and the two little girls i get to raise, but hopefully things start changing. it's really, really disappointing. i am proud to grow up american and say i'm part of the greatest country ever. that's got to stay that way and stay that way if we change. we have to change. >> his two little girls in the two pink rooms are ruthy and caroline. 4 and 5 years old. he played a top-ranked team in the country. if government brought back gun, could it boost the economy. yes, they will pitch this program and they wrote about it this week. you have to hear this. it's lots. all waking up. connecting to the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ it's going to be amazing. and exciting. and maybe, most remarkably, not that far away.
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>> people really didn't know the devastation that occurred on staten island firsthand. it was you realm needed to be here to see it with your eyes and needed to be down seeing people's lives destroyed. sit back and make like this didn't happen. i would be lying and fooling myself. i will be there for my community. there is thousands and thousands, millions of people just like me that are out there looking to help and rebuild.
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. one fail swoop. my next guest is pitching a unusual gun buy back program for the hundreds of millions of guns in american hands. matt miller said you pay people to give up guns now and overpay them and make them an offer they can't refuse. for example, you have the local gun buy backs that work like this. you have police officers and gun owners give them a one-time deal. turn in the gun, no questions asked and you get a gift card worth a couple hundred dollars. look at this picture. the day after newtown, gun owners forked over 1100 guns at
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a buy back. i was curious as to what kind it included an uzi, machine gun and five fully automatic assault weapons. they write columns so welcome. here we go. give me your pitch. >> basically we is to do something to reduce gun violence. we are still in the doldrums. why not use one policy that would do both. i am proposing a massive gun buy back. the idea as you said has been done in a small way in los of cities. baltimore and l.a. where i live. new york and detroit and others. australia is an example of a country that did this on a massive scale after they had a horrific killing like what we had just seen. 35 people killed in a sea side
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resort. they came together within two weeks and signed a national firearms agreement that banned assault weapons and various automatic weapons and coupled that with a compulsory buy back because the feeling was if you were going to ban the weapons, huh to compensate citizens who had already bought those. over the next two year, they bought back 1/5 of the guns in the country and melted them down. >> that's incredible and a lot of us have been talking about taz mania and i have an aussie on my writing teams. she points out that the gun culture in australia is different than here. let's say there laws and you have something like 300 million guns out here. >> isn't that impossible? >> they are not going to do it
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on their honor. we are suggesting we overpay. >> how much? >> 500 will be okay for the smaller caliber things and i heard from a lod of readers and gun owner who is need $2,000 for the kind of automatic weapons or the a-15s used in this kind of a crime. experts can figure that out and gun owners say the idea that as a patriotic act that would boost the economy, we would get folks to say let's rethink this and don't have to have the culture of guns the way we always had. that time has come. >> boost the economy and "the washington post." thank you. it's a thought. a young author raising money to help other kid who is are just like him. hear how the rare genetic disease inspired this boy to give back. next. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
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>> i want to share a story about a young author with a rare
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genetic disease. he is raising money to help kids just like him. here is sanjay gupta with today's human factor. >> evan moss is a boy who seemingly only cares about one thing. unfortunately evan's life was not so simple. >> when he was a couple weeks old he started having these little shaky movements. it was one arm that would switch a little bit and last a few seconds. >> rob and lisa took their son to dozens of appointments. he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease that causes nonmalignant tumors to grow in the brain and other organs. it includes one of the hall mark symptoms. potentially life-threatening seizures that can happen at any moment. since evan's parents cannot watch over him all the time. they began to look for eyes,
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ears and a nose. >> not only did the dogs respond to seizures. they may have the capability to tell you that the individual may have a seizure or soon be having a seizure. >> as you might imagine, these types of highly trained service dogs that can literally sniff out changes in the body leading up to a seizure don't come cheap. >> a service dog costs 22,000 to $25,000 and ask for each family to fund-raise $13,000 of that to offset the cost. as part of the application they ask for something from the child and the dog. he said can i write a book? >> my seizure dog. by me. this seizure dog know when is i have a seizure. we will be best friends.
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>> big sister aria suggested they self publish on amazon where it shot to the top of one of the site's bestseller list, a book signing followed at a neighborhood coffee shop. the turn out was overwhelming. >> we did end up raising around $45,000 and helped about seven additional children complete their fund-raising. >> mindy rarely leaves evan's side during the day. at school, on the bus, in the back yard. never leaves his sight at night. >> the seizure dog will sleep with me. if i have a seizure in my sleep, the seizure dog will tell my parents. >> family pet, parent's security blanket and evan's best friend. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn reporting. >> i love dogs.
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make sure you watch saturday at 4:30 p.m. eastern and sundays only here on cnn. this next one is out of the movies. a daring prison escape and robbers still on the run after scaling down a 15-story building and how the criminals use dental floss to help them in the get away. where they were recently spotted. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. in what world do potatoes, bacon and cheese add up to 100 calories? your world. ♪ [ whispers ] real bacon... creamy cheese... 100 calories... [ chef ] ma'am [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup.
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. >> station a step ahead of the law, we have the two convicted blank robberies, they were in a high-rise federal jail in chicago. using sheets and dental floss. they are joseph jose banks and kenneth conley. that's where they were last seen. walking away from conley's mom's house. they banged on the door and they were turned away. >> unfortunately the trail has gone cold since then. we are pursuing leads and hope someone sees the pictures and they can share. >> the fbi said they were one of
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the most prolific bank robbers. they are creative too. we have pictures of how they escaped. they stashed clothes and bedsheets under blankets and you can see the middle of the scene tied together. if you can squint you can see it. they put all this under blanj ets to make it look like nay go to bed. reinforced it with dental floss and squeeze said through a 5 inch wide window and they were spotted on the camera and hoping to grab this cab. there was a $50,000 reward for banks and they are believed to have rolled away. add she'ds and dental gloss. you will find more than in picture. wait until you hear the numbers of this billion business. plus, any minute.
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>> consider this. it is easier to find a gun store in the u.s. than it is to order a big mac or go to the super market. christine romans explains why clamping down on the business could be near impossible. >> this is an incredibly profitable industry. background checks are one barometer for sales. the background checks have doubled over the last decade. the economy stag nate and gun sales have soared. there more gun retailers than super markets and mcdonald's in america. smith and wesson is rolling in
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record profits. the maker of the rifles brought in a quarter billion dollars in profit last year. a fast growing part of the gun industry, military style semi automatic rifles and high capacity magazines for ammunition. gun shops report a surge in gun demand after newtown. some is is people looking to protect themselves or tighter gun control laws. in particular, they worry about coming restrictions to the ar-15 military-style rifles like the bushmaster style used at sandy hook elementary. stocks initially fell, but the demand for guns in america remains very strong. there 89 guns in america per 100 residents, the highest in the world. the size and health of this industry cannot be overstated. brooke? >> we roll on to the top of the hour. a lot to get here including the
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standoff over your taxes. here's what we are hearing now. there could be a vote on john boehner's fiscal cliff plan b tonight as president obama threatens to veto it. plus the man expected to be secretary of state questions the department he could soon take over. all that was in a moment, but first this blizzard blowing out of the heart land is putting a freeze on the rush to get home for the holidays. here's the radar. a huge storm of volatile storms. a deadly storm as well. you have rain out front and then heavy, blowy snow extending from missouri to michigan. look at this with me. car after car after car. this is why you need to think twice about driving should you be in the path of this storm. this is kansas city. no one going anywhere there. we have reports of at least one death in this chain collision
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crash. this is i-35 near port dodge, iowa. 30 vehicle, 10 to 12 inches of blowing snow and near zero visibility. say it again. think twice if you have to get out of this and drive. karen is standing by in the weather center, but i want to talk travel. ted, let me go to you. you have this part of the story at o'hare international airport. talk to me about flight cancellations. where are we on that? >> plenty of flight cancellations here, brooke. the main reason is the weather in other cities. you can see here it's still raping and expected to still keep raining for a couple of hours before it turns to snow. when it turns to snow, there is going to be major trouble here. at midway airport, southwest airlines has canceled all of their flights after 5:00 local time.
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in a few hours at midway, they have proactively canceled the flights. they will likely be okay getting oust o'hare and chicago because there is a window of a couple of hours. you see a bunch of sailors who finished up basic training and they are hoping to get home for the holidays. they have more stop and then they will be on leave. they are hoping not to hit another stop. if you are coming to chicago and can move the flight up, do so. united and others have waived the change fees to get out of those spots. >> here is hoping the sailors and other folks can get home. as you await the snow, let me go to you. they are waiting for the snow there. we are seeing a bunch of this stuff in the middle of the country. tell me who is getting the worst of it. >> reporting 41 degrees, this may tell the story that enhances what we were looking at.
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this is an ap for your smart phone or ipad that gives you the latest flight information. this coming out of o'hare. all of these flights from atlantic and southwest and american, they all say cancel. waterloo and moline and debuke and madison and new orleans, cedar rapids, washington, they are all canceled. i want to show you something else out of lambeau field. take a look at this. the temperature there is 34 degrees right now. the wind is blowing with gusts up to 40 miles an hour. the visibility is only about one mile. it was down to about a quarter of a mile. this is the weather conditions we are expecting through the overnight hours. this is telling a story as well. there is chicago right on the cusp of changing over to snowfall. some of the suburbs around chicago, snow is materializing. green bay and milwaukee and i
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had a friend who is going to des moines. they said no, i can't. i have to go tomorrow. my next question is i imagine this storm system is moving eastward that means people come this weekend to have that? >> you will see a cold blast, but by saturday the wind will be the big deal. into the maritimes area, northern new england and snowfall left over into the eastern great lakes. brook, this is really stymied the traffic across the nation. >> if you don't have to get in it, don't get in it. sparks flying after the winder storm knocks out power in
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waterloo, nebraska. i was told tens of thousands were without power. they shot the video after checking out what he thought was the sky and in fact it was power lines lighting up. in other news here on this thursday, two capitol hill hearings and the house moments ago focusing on what happened back on september 11 this when the people were killed in libya? the report out yesterday said the state department as a whole broke down because of systemic failures and leadership and management deficienciedeficienc. just this morning, senator john kerry, chairman of the committee pointed his finger at congress. >> congress has the power. we use it for any number of things. it's our responsibility. for years we have asked our state department to operate with
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increasingly lesser resources to conduct essential missions. >> a lot of eyes on him. he is the front runner to take over the post at the state department after secretary hillary clinton leaves. clinton was supposed to testify today, but an injury was forcing her to postpone her testimony until next month. in the meantime, her department is trying to move past the report as four of the staffers have been disciplined. among them, assistant secretary of diplomatic security eric boswell resigned and others are on administrative leave. the source said among those relieved of duties is this woman. deputy assistant secretary of diplomatic security. beyond these changes, the state department told lawmakers they are limp elementingelementing -
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implementing. >> they have 60 specific action items to assign every one to the responsible bureau for immediate implementation and several will be completed by the end of this calendar year. >> 60 items he said there. no one has been arrested yet for the attacks that killed chris stevens, shawn smith, or ty woods in benghazi. . >> 12 days and counting until we hit the fiscal cliff. it's the failsafe option that prevents a tax increase for all but the richest of the rich. let me say the democrats krats are saying senior correspondent there that boehner opened the door to more talks with the president on a broad taxation and spending cuts deal, but only
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after the vote in the house. that's happening tonight. talks broke down as the two sides appeared to be lurching towards an agreement. it's an honor given tofu americans. daniel inouye of hawaii is lying in state at the capitol rotunda. he died at age 88 on monday. he represented hawaii in washington since it became a state in 1959. his half century tenure makes him the second longest serving senator in u.s. history. harry reid paid his respects. >> although senator inouye was an unabashed progressive democrat, he always put his country first and party second. he was vibrant in the senate and in death will remain a legend. his last words on earth, aloha.
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it is with a heavy heart that i and we bid aloha, goodbye, i love you, to a friend and legend of the senate, daniel kent. >> as a japanese american soldier in world war ii, he lost his right arm in italy and received the medal of honor. only 31 people have ever lane in capitol rotunda. the last was gerald ford nearly six years ago. >> as the bin laden movie, his theaters -- >> he is right in the inner circle. >> some senators are livid over a scene about torture. plus, a case so shocking it pushed president obama to make a phone call. inside an army daycare, workers who had no business watching children. and should the government buy
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back guns to boost the economy. you will hear the case.
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years ago this month, ex-cop heard screams and rifle shots outside her church. a glass door exploded and someone yelled gene is coming through the door. live from denver, welcome to you. take me back to that day. from what i heard from the story, people start ducking and hiding. what happened next? >> the gunman had shot and killed people outside and that alerted me. i heard the muffled pop, pop noises. it even sound like he had come inside the church when he was not inside yet. the gunshots were so loud. there were several hundred
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people in the hall way. shouting and screaming and saying get down, he's got a gun. i couldn't see him through all the people and one of the other security team members was very tall and he said he is coming through the door right now. i sprinted down the hall towards him. i had taken my gun out of the waist band of my jeans and sprinted towards him. all of a sudden everyone had found a place to hide which was amazing. i took cover and then i just asked god to be with me. i engaged him and was forced to kill him. it ended very quickly. from the time he entered the church to the time i had killed him, it was probably about two to three minutes.
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>> it's stunning how quickly things can happen. things can escalate and lives can be lost. you killed him and part of your story and the reason why we reach out to you, you were on the town hall last night on piers morgan and he asked your opinion on arching teachers at school as an ex-police officer. here's what you said. >> what is your belief about the claim that many people have that if the teachers had been armed at sandy hook they coop averted the disaster and civilians should protect themselves from mass killings like this. >> a teacher wants to be a teacher, not a police officer. i think it's -- i hear both sides of the argument and hear where you are coming from. both arguments make sense to me. in my opinion, to tell a teacher that she or she needs to be arm
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side ridiculous. it doesn't make any sense. that's not their calling. their calling is to be a teacher or pilot. when you have trained personnel in place, it's their job. >> jean, you say arming teachers is ridiculous. my question is under what circumstances and what happens your answer is never, but when should civilians arm themselves? >> i don't think we should ever take the way the privilege of the civilian to be armed. the civilian does need to know that just because they are armed, they are not going to automatically know what to do like in my situation. >> you had training from the flo police officer. >> i had training, correct. >> in newtown and parents across the country are sending their kids back to school with
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security and safety at the top of mind. would you suggest, should there be a gun, should there be someone trained to use it in school? >> when i first moved to colorado in 2001, i worked as a federal security officer here in denver. we had line scans like they do at the airport and metal detectors and if someone sed it off, we would arm them. this was at the daycare center as well as the office being e building. nobody minded and nobody was offended when we ran the bags through and the bodies through to check the weapons. that is say good solution. we implement it quickly. >> but we have metal detectors in so many schools. what about a step further and have a police officer or member of the u.s. military looking for work at a school. someone at a school with a gun. do you think that's a good idea?
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>> yes. i do. we are living in the days where it's practical. i think for people who think it's extreme, that's kind of a naive attitude. we should have some trained armed personnel to be ready in case something goes wrong. >> i hate having to ask these questions, but we see what happens time and time again and we just want to get perspective. we appreciate it. just in, we are now hearing the mother of the shooter has been buried. police telling us nancy lanza was buried at an undisclosed location in a private ceremony with family members only. her son adam not buried with her. not buried with her. no word on whether his body has been released.
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>> for the next long stretch, as we figure out how to rebuild the state and get people back into the neighborhoods. that's the phase we are in. the most difficult one, it's not under our control. those first two parts are under our control. we can get what we need, but now still debating the recovery bill on the floor of the senate as we speak right now. the recovery bill where the president asked for $60.4 billion to the state of new york
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and new jersey to get us back to whole once again. our congressional delegation was bickering about the fiscal cliff and all the other things, but people are suffering. people want to rebuild their homes and businesses. they want to rebuild their schools. they want to rebuild their state. they get done with the business that is the first responsibility of government. that is protecting the lives and property of its citizens. we have to stru and discuss it and debate it.
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i can promise you that we were careful about the question we made. we worked hard during the times to assess the damage to make a reasonable request. we can't spend money we don't have so part will be dependent on the government stepping up and doing the right thing. jersey are supported and it's hard that when they ask for that bill. >> talking about the money he has been asking for. he was at the white house talking to the president and talking to john boehner about the money he said his state needs and many other states in the wake of super storm sandy. at the forefront of that disaster since day one. coming up next, shocking reports of abuse. an army daycare center. it's a case that prompted
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the superstore with marijuana shots fights to keep open in a federal courtroom. we are watching for the verdict because it doesn't just affect california, but have a huge impact that the precedent is trying to legalize marijuana much like washington state did just last month. medicinal marijuana is legally in california, but the feds are trying to force these landlords to evict dispensaries such as this health center in oakland which the government said is at the center of the case because they said selling marijuana is illegal. on the case with me today, sunny, we know a judge ruled that the oakland shop could say open because it was not
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violating state law, but we are talking federal governments. >> that's the real issue. there is a tension that exists when it comes to marijuana. medical marijuana and recreational use of marijuana. that's because under the federal laws, it's illegal to smoke and possess it and sell it. the voters have spoken in colorado and washington saying recreational use of marijuana is okay. in 1996 in california, they okayed the voters did, the use of medical marijuana. you have this tension. earlier this year, president obama speaking to barbara walters indicated a policy change. he said he had bigger fish to fry in terms of resources for law enforcement. we know now given what happened in connecticut in newtown, srnlt administration has other law enforcement concerns that many people would say are more
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significant than this. the argument is do we really want to use the capabilities to really hunker down on folks that are using it for medicinal purposes or even recreational purposes and you have the others that are saying this is a gateway drug potentially and do we want our youth being exposed to this drug? it is a drug. >> play this out with me and i know this is the biggest dispensary on the planet. if it is forced to close, what reverberations does it send out? >> its ens a significant message. this is the wal-mart of marijuana. this is the largest dispensary. the owner put trop 19 on the ballot in california. he is the leader of the movement. if this particular wal-mart of marijuana is shut down, i think it sends the message that the
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federal government is not playing here. the federal government is going to enforce federal law. i am not sure that's going to be the case. i think our president was pretty clear in saying that there has been a shift in policy. we will watch it, but i think we may see states have to be left alone. >> sunny hostin on the case and now this. >> bottom of the hour, i'm brooke baldwin. president obama making a phone call to john mchugh. over the military, not protecting its own. three workers at this daycare, this is an army post of virginia. they are accused of abusing
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children as young as 18 months. she hit a 2-year-old male child with her fist and as a result the head jerked back several inches and the child then held his mouth and began crying. now the army has removed another third army daycare employees after the system-wide review. the workinger had questionable backgrounds. let's talk about this with barbara star. reading about it this morning on the surface it sounds egregious. the fact that the president picked up the phone to call the army secretary speaks volumes, right? >> and then some. they are getting involved in a child care issue in the u.s. military. this is a week when this nations has been riveted about the concept of child safety. that may be thinking about connecticut. this child care facility is less
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than a mile from the pentagon. up the hill here and a lot of people who work in the pentagon drop kids off before they come down the hill to work. this all began in september when workers were arrest and they notified the parents they had a problem and didn't tell anybody else. they worked at it and discovered there were a number of employees with background check problems. people with things like drug convictions and abuse and sex abuse of a minor. assault charges and they came up with all of this and they wound up having to dismiss last friday night, 30 workers and then it was only then that the secretary of the army last friday night was informed about the scope of all that. >> the pentagon is not just upset about the daycare, but the lack of communication. military leaders were not aware
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of the investigation until recently. this is so significant. you don't know where to begin. the background checks of the people and it is concerning to the parent who is dropped their kids off at the daycare for months and years now. who were these people looking after children and this center. they didn't tell the secretary and the secretary of defense was not told until sides. he might have been the who mentioned it to the president and leaving the president to pick up the phone and call the army. >> i would love to talk to one of the parents here. thank you. we appreciate it. >> sure. >> all right, congress is a mess. the fiscal cliff is right around the corper. ali said forget all that. the economy is about to soar. how you can cash in, plus he has
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a story about a robbery involving maybele syrup. my fellow canadian, maple syrup?
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that circus of washington, america's economy is set to soar. how you cash in on it from the cnn money newsroom. this is your money. a take over on the new york stock exchange and why maple syrup costs so much. a domestic oil boom and the business of guns. first, america's economy was popping like it's hot in the third quarter. coming in stronger than expected. gross domestic product, the broughtest grew by an annual rate of 3.1%, more than double the rate in the previous quarter. spending by americans was the single biggest factor. what are you buying? homes for one thing and why not? low prices and even lower interest rates. we have the supply and demand thing going on. investors are pushing home prices higher. the median price of an existing home shot up 10.1% in november compared to last year. we have seen home values rise six months in a row as more americans get back to work. if you have a job, good credit
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and a down payment, expect about 3.47% for a 30-year fixed loan. keep an eye on the economy. when unemployment gets down to 6.5%, the federal reserve will let interest rates rise. the main thing that could mess up momentum is washington and the fiscal cliff. the negotiations between skpob john boehner center around raising rates on the rich and in exchange for targeted spending cuts. he med the president halfway to raise rates on those earning more than $1 million a year. >> for weeks the white house said that if i moved on rates, that they would makecessions on. i did my part and they have done nothing. >> the president said he tried to meet the speaker halfway to raise rates on those making more than $400,000 a year.
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guess what. none of this will matter to the folks earning more than $400,000 a year. get the plan done. boehner's plan makes no sense when the economic future of america and americans hangs in the balance. the new york stock exchange is up for sale. an atlanta exchange, ice for short announced plans to buy it for $8.2 billion. why do you care? you don't actually, but in case you necessary a bar and someone brings it up, i don't want you blaming me. the business of running a stock exchange is changed and you have to be bigger and faster. the net effect if regulators approve it, big trades will get cheaper. not for you, but the big guy. forget i mentioned it and think about this for a second. police arrested three men on wednesday and looking for two others for stealing maple syrup. a lot, by the way. talk about sticky fingers. the suspects allegedly stole 6
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million pounds and turned it around and sold it to canada and the u.s. at full price. canadian authities are trying to recover the lost syrup. quebec produces 3/4 of the world's supply. they operate like a cartel and enforce strict quotas. any beyond the quota is stocked away to sell in bad years and keep prices high. an estimated 46 million pounds of maple syrup is stockpiled in reserves like oil. north dakota set a record in october pumping 747,239 barrels of oil per day, a 2 1/2% jump since september. america is experiencing an energy boom from cracking and hydraulic drilling bring more gas shale and north dakota is ground zero for shale. the business of han guns is booming, but the fallout from the mass shooting at the newtown elementary school has many
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wondering for how long? this pressure grows in washington to tighten gun laws. the gun maker and stocks took a hit in the aftermath after a rough start to the week. gunmakers started on the road to recovery on wednesday. today smith and wesson is trading lower and the stock has done well by investors with year to date gains of 89% versus about 15% for the s&p 500. it is seeing gapes of 31% so far this year. maybe investors see a rush of americans buying more firearms in anticipation of stricker gun laws or betting that they will stay the same despite the public outrage. either way the u.s. is by far the largest retail gun market in the world with estimates for overall sales for 2012 approaching 20 million firearms. let me give you more perspective
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on how well they do. more gun retailers today than mcdonald's restaurants and super markets combined. something to think about as the gun debate continues. for more indepth coverage, tune in at 3:00 p.m. eastern from the money newsroom in new york. same time tomorrow. 315 horsepower. what's that in reindeer-power? [ laughs ] [ pencil scratches ] [ male announcer ] chevy's giving more. get the best offer of the year -- 0% apr financing for 60 months plus $1,000 holiday bonus cash. plus trade up for an additional $1,000 trade-in allowance. hurry. bonus cash ends january 2nd. oh,this is jucier than i thought. we actully keep track of how many times this kid picked his nose? tongue's out, hair pulls, stink eyes, man we see eveything. oh, it's the old man. hold on, i gotta send something out. you can have two apps open at the same time? how'd you do that?
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square kilometers away went under. >> 400 feet below the surface, he believes he found proof of that catastrophic event. >> i love it. i love it, i love it, i love it. >> on earth, an ancient shoreline. >> we're dated it. about 5,000 bc. >> about the time the bible said noah and the great flood happened. wow. >> wow! it nailed it. >> i think you had a couple of wow moments from what i can tell shooting this special. let me begin with why you wanted to do this. what were you looking for? >> first as you know, that was done through robert ballard, the world's leading under water explorer. he found the titanic in 1985 and he is somebody who can speak with authority on these issues. what he wants to do is trace some of these old stories and
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see what's real and what isn't. what i wanted to do and this special will air on friday night on abc at 9:00 pardon me and again next friday, as you know i spent most of my career covering the religious fighting the wars between christians, jews and muslims and the entire ark of this documentary and this special is going back to the beginning to the biblical patriarch to abraham who is the father of all three of those faiths. we found not just in looking at the story and what's real and not and what's possible, we found the origins of those that have so much commonality. at this time particularly when the world is hurting and america is hurting and so much is divicive and so much is structured in a way to harm us, these stories of unity and commonality have a healing quality about them as well. they are not often tackled like
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that. it is controversial. every religion thinks they own their religion and their religion is the best and the biggest and the only one. we all share the same father. as you know, moses's ten commandments and the foundation of our moral code and much of our civil law as well. >> what makes this special so different is you bring along your 12-year-old son. you bring your son darius and presume made this trip pretty personal for you. me about that experience. what did you learn? >> it did. for him it was a living ancient history les on. for me it was about family and the bible the way it's written is about a great sprawling family. the sagas and the warts and all. stories that have passed down and which is the old testament. these stories still resonate today for a reason. i wanted my son to know that particularly because my son has
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the blood of all three faiths running through his veins. i am born with a muslim and catholic and i married an american jew. these three faiths collide and cooperate and blow through the veins of my son. i know from personal experience what can unite us. having covered so much war and division and disaster, heartache like what america is going through right now. i know there is another way. whether it's political division we see or personal divisions, i know there is another way. i found at this point in my career it was good to take a look back and beyond that it is a fantastic detective story. beautifully the landscape is fantastic. the stories, as i say, still mean so much to so many people. obviously many believe that this is the literal word of god. but many others that don't believe that, nonetheless, these stories resonate as well.
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it's coming at a perfect time just around the holidays and just around the time of this terrible wound that we all need to look at and figure out how to heal and make sure that our society is not -- >> i just keep thinking about your 12-year-old and what a pretty special front row seat. how special for you two. the abc special airs tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. eastern. thank you. big announcement from a high-profile mayor. cory booker announces his future. does it involve chris christie? that's next. now, i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ woman ] learn from my story. make a wish! i wish we could lie here forever.
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a couple minutes away from the top of the hour. you know what that means? this man, wolf blitzer. wolf, a couple things i want to ask you. you have cory booker saying that he will run for u.s. senate and he is not throwing his hat in the ring with chris christie. >> he says he's going to explore the idea of running for frank
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lauttonber is not going to run. he's approaching 90 years old. so he says he's going to explore the idea for 2014. the big political news that you point out is, he is not going to challenge chris christie in 2013 for the gubernatorial contest. that would have been quite a fight between a very popular chris christie and a very popular new york mayor cory booker. that's not going to happen right now. i don't know who is going to run against chris christie. there are a few democrats out there. it's going to be a formidable challenge for any democrat after the sandy reaction. if cory booker decides to run after his exploration, he'll have a good shot of winning that race in a blue state like new jersey and he has al huge future
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ahead of him. he's a very smart guy. >> i always check your twitter page before we chat. you have john mccain on and that's a big deal since you have the zero dark thirty interview. mr. blitzer, thank you very much. >> thank you very much. be right back. ♪ (announcer) when subaru owners look in the mirror,
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bank robberies that make this daring escape from a high-rise jail in chicago using bed sheets and dental floss. they were last seen walking away from con nelly's mother house. surprise, surprise, they were turned away. >> it's gone cold since then. we are pursing leads. we hope

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